Chanel Fortissimo Is My New Favourite Blue Nail Polish

Chanel Fortissimo Is My New Favourite Blue Nail Polish

I recently had a hankering for a dark navy blue polish with shimmer – yes, my hankerings are *that* specific. An,d while I love Chanel Blue Satin, it somehow felt too dark for summer. It’s a rather awesome “too blue to be black, too black to be blue” shade and I love it, but I wanted something bluer. I was obsessed with Tom Ford Indigo Night for awhile, but I couldn’t track down a bottle and sort of let it go.

Chanel Fortissimo nail polish bottle

Oh mah gah, Chanel, you did it again!

Then, I saw the Chanel Blue Notes de Chanel Summer 2015 collection. Fortissimo just sitting there, being the perfect blue and calling to me with it’s Chanel Nail Polish Siren Song. The lyrics are something like “open your wallet, yeah yeah, no, open it a bit wider, now take it all out” or along those lines. So, Fortissimo came home with me and it scratched my itch perfectly. I took a photo of the bottle with a sun beam on it above – the colour is so gorgeous and that shimmer! Oh my! There is no mistaking this for a black polish. That blue is simply perfect.

Chanel Fortissimo nail polish

 

 

 

 

Chanel Fortissimo is a limited edition shade, and is available at Chanel counters while it’s still in stock. If you want it, go get it – now.

Little Luxuries & Pampering In The Beauty Department

Little Luxuries & Pampering In The Beauty Department

Sometimes all it takes is a little beauty treat to lift our spirits and make us feel pampered. And lifted spirits and pampering are good things. Taking time to treat ourselves, or someone we love, or even better, treating ourselves and someone we love together, is an important part of feeding our souls. It can be grand and luxurious, or it can be taking a moment in the day to look after yourself or someone you care about. Spa days, the right lipstick, a mani pedi, or a hot bath and glass of tea wine after a long day – just taking a moment so you don’t kill anyone to restore sanity to our crazy lives.

One thing that is free and wonderful is a department store beauty floor makeover. You know this already right? It feels lovely and healing to have someone gently touching your face. Closing your eyes and feeling the soft feathery makeup brushes tickling your skin is a wonderful sensation. Just sit back and let it go, and even go outside your comfort zone. Let the make up artist go crazy. They call them “artists” for a reason! When my eldest daughter Emilie was little, she would ask me to “tickle” her face with my makeup brushes while she was falling asleep. Who doesn’t love that?

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It doesn’t have to be for a wedding, or some fancy occasion. How about because it’s Friday afternoon and you survived the week! Mother’s Day, a birthday, someone stopped biting their nails – whatever! Go with your friend, your daughter or your mom and use the opportunity to have a brilliant photo shoot after your makeovers! Seriously – you will take your best selfies ever. My daughter’s friends have been known to take photos with them (Kim K makeup goals, obvies) and ask to have the look recreated. Now, we are talking about teenage girls without deep pockets, and no plans to purchase any makeup at that time.

A good makeup artist and retailer will not force product on you while this is happening. What should happen is you form a relationship with someone you trust, and they treat you like royalty while you are in their chair. A good retailer knows that if you leave happy, even if you don’t buy at that moment, when you do want something, you will come back. For example, my daughter’s friend who wanted Kim K’s cheekbones went to Nordstrom, a US retailer that is blessedly now in Canada. She didn’t buy anything after her makeover, but when she decides she wants that killer highlighter or mascara or lip liner or whatever they used, there is a very good chance she will go to counter where she felt welcome to make her purchase. A good retailer understands brand loyalty and what it means to make a customer feel wanted. Nordstrom’s beauty floor is welcoming and luxurious, and basically my second home.

With the lovely Melody Ly, after my Amore Pacific facial, Biddy getting her La Prairie facial, & with Cara Wood, the Dior makeup genius who created Those Eyes.

With the lovely Melody Ly, after my Amore Pacific facial, Biddy getting her La Praire facial, & me with Cara Wood, the Dior makeup genius who created Those Eyes.

My younger daughter and I had a free Thursday night and decided to hit up the beauty department of our city’s brand new Nordstroms. We had SO MUCH FUN! We had facials and makeup applications, and the sales professionals and makeup artists treated us like old friends. We had a super photo session and felt gorgeous. No, not because we were coated in makeup. Not because we were coerced into buying makeup. Because we chatted, laughed, and said “OK…” to the teal liner on my waterline….or the shimmery vanilla highlighter powder and orange lipstick. Like I said – outside your comfort zone! Switch it up, baby, and live a little!

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I have NEVER worn eye makeup like this! Meow!

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I’m in Dior & Burberry, and Biddy is in Bobbi Brown and MAC. Glamour girls!

A good makeup artist doesn’t do that. A good makeup artist says “Did you know your eyes are incredible? I’d love to try something new…”. And then they hand you a mirror and you think WOW! I had no idea I looked like that! It’s so fun, and like ultimate adult dress up party. It’s a fun bonding thing, and you quickly feel like you are surrounded by friends. These people love what they do. They learn about new trends and techniques as part of their profession, and they want to share them! I always say – ask for samples. If you are trying something new, chances are you aren’t sure you want to go home with it. If it’s new, they likely have samples. Hey – if you don’t ask, you’ll never know, right? That is just an added bonus to what would have already been a great time, in my opinion.

What are some little ways you like to pamper yourself and someone you care about?

Report From The Rabbit Hole: I Got 2 New Gorgeous Chanel Nail Polishes

Report From The Rabbit Hole: I Got 2 New Gorgeous Chanel Nail Polishes

Chanel, how do you do that magic you do? Because you do it so well! Coco help me, but I cannot resist a delicious Chanel nail polish. They are my nail polish Kryptonite. This spring, they released a trio of gorgeous shades, which including Tenderly, a perfect dusty mauve-rose, that is reviewed here. And, a gorgeous fuchsia, Désirio, which I haven’t reviewed yet. The one I am obsessing over presently is Chanel Paradiso – a super soft and pale green, with a silvery shimmer. I get compliments like crazy when I wear it. It is a flattering shade, and would compliment most skin tones. Gorgeous. I use two coats, which still allows for some visible nail line, which I don’t mind. But a third coat would take care of that.

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The other beauty that came home with me is Chanel Sweet Star. It was released last November for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, in Australia. The more I could not find it anywhere, the more I wanted it. I was shopping for my beautiful Chanel Misia at Saks and saw Sweet Star on their counter. I died! Then I bought it. It’s a crazy butterfly colour, the kind that changes depending on the lighting. It appears silver head on, but turns blue-purple, and then a gun metal shade. It also has a gorgeous multi colour micro glitter that blows my mind.

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Chanel Le Vernis Sweet Star nail polish dalybeauty

 

Chanel Le Vernis Sweet Star nail polish dalybeauty

 

 

I got both of these at department store Chanel counters. I am pretty sure that Sweet Star is not available in Canada, however. That could change though!

Be My Valentine And Let’s Play With Pretty Makeup

Be My Valentine And Let’s Play With Pretty Makeup

I love pretty pink makeup. There is a shade of pink for everyone, from deep fuchsia to soft baby powder pink. There is blue pink, and coral pink. Pink is a flattering shade, as it mimics a healthy flush in the cheeks. It can be a sexy shade as well, with lips all pink and flushed from kissing. So of course, it is perfect for Valentine’s Day. To be clear, I am not talking about a “date night” Valentine look. I’m just talking about an excuse to pick through our makeup collection to look for the extra pink and red beauties. Because, sisters (and brothers) in the end, it is all about the beauty opportunities, and, having fun!

Here are some pretty pinks in my collection that I am loving:

Of course, there is Chanel! Part of Chanel’s Spring 2015 Collection nail polish trio was a deep berry shade, Desirio. It’s a funny shade. I thought it might be close to Suspicious, but it’s more purple. Then I saw the shimmer in the bottle and thought it might be close to Tentation, but again, more berry, and the shimmer doesn’t show on the finger without a microscope. I don’t have a dupe…therefore, I had to have it! There are many Chanel polishes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, but I think the name “Desirio” sounds like “desire”, so that works, right?

Chanel Le Vernis Desirio - a little deeper in real life....

Chanel Le Vernis Desirio – a little deeper in real life….

 

Look at that gorgeous shimmer! Kinda wish I could see it on the nail, though...

Look at that gorgeous shimmer! Kinda wish I could see it on the nail, though…

Lise Watier is killing it with their Baiser Velours lip gloss/matte lipstick hybrids. Firstly, Baiser Velours means “Velvet Kiss”, which sounds pretty lovely, doesn’t it? All the colours are so rich and gorgeous! From the website: “Enjoy the coverage and intensity of a lipstick with the gestural convenience of a gloss applicator for the smooth, matte finish you’ve been wanting. The creamy formula is light yet richly pigmented. The lasting coverage will resist everything, even your longest days.” Listen – even the lipstick challenged moi managed to put this on and love it! I used my Cargo Reverse Lip Liner, as I was worried about the Miranda Sings effect, so that combined with the wand application resulted in fairly fool-proof application! It feels amazing on the lips, stays put, and has a satin matte finish vs a dry matte finish. Love it!

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Lise Watier Baiser Velours dalybeauty

Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss!

Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss!

My new lip balm obsession is actually a lip oil obsession. Ever since using the gorgeous Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil, I’ve been hooked on the concept of oil based lip conditioners. Completely non-sticky, they absorb into the lip and leave them soft and moisturized. Clarins and YSL have released lip oils this season, and you need them. They not only feel amazing, but they taste yummy and prepare your lips for kissing! I waffled about which of these to get, then decided I needed both (Ommorphia knew I would!) and I’m glad I did. I get a wee bit more colour pay off from the YSL ( a mild stain effect, maybe?), but they both give me a pretty and plumped kisser! No swatches yet, but a full review is to come.

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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Can we talk about essence cosmetics? Seriously! I have seen them at the drugstore, and always thought they looked cute. Then, I saw this collection, “like an unforgettable kiss”, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and had to have it! How precious are these ice cream colours? The powder blush duos are very sheer and buildable, and not scented. I have been swirling both together for the perfect pink-coral combination.  The best part? Not one of the cosmetic items costs over $5.

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And how darling is this blush brush?

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What is your favourite Valentine’s Daly beauty look?

 

 

  * featured photo from @occhinerixo on Instagram. Her pics are always awesome.

Chanel Le Vernis Tenderly & Dreams Of Spring

Chanel Le Vernis Tenderly & Dreams Of Spring

Oh Chanel. Their Spring 2015 makeup has a nail polish trio that sang to me. It sang “BUY MEEEEE”! With the  gorgeous plum pink fuschia Desiro, the frosty silvery sea foam green Paradiso and the dusty mauve-y purple Tenderly, these were all must-haves for me.

Chanel Le Vernis Tenderly Spring 2015

How pretty is Chanel Tenderly? It’s in my Currently Loving rotation right now. I can’t stop looking at my hands! It’s pretty on toes, as well. At first glance it seems like it might be dupe-able – for example Essie Merino Cool, but it’s warmer and less grey. It’s also a “crelly” (cream + jelly) which gives it a juicy, squishy rich feeling. Love!

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CHANEL’s Summer of Purple Lashes, Hot Pink Lips & Bright Tips

CHANEL’s Summer of Purple Lashes, Hot Pink Lips & Bright Tips

Chanel’s Summer 2014 makeup collection, Reflets d’Ete, is chock full of gorgeous brights. Bright and vivid, and almost reminiscent of the eighties.

CHANEL summer 2014 makeup Reflets d'Ete

Especially the purple mascara, Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Violet Touch. There was an orange mascara as well, which I passed on. Hard to imagine orange mascara being flattering on anyone other than a Chanel model. I loved the violet nail polish from the collection, but it was so close to YSL Rose Scabiosa and Butter London Molly Coddle that I just couldn’t justify it. Actually, I was ready to buy it and my daughter said “Mum are you crazy you basically have two polishes that colour already”…so….ahem #busted.

memories of blue mascara....

memories of blue mascara….

Chanel Le Vernis Tutti Frutti, Glossimer Scintillants in Sexy and the Violet Touch Mascara have been summer staples for me. I love them, and will surely be using them through the fall. There is something so eye brightening about the violet mascara. It is subtle, and only really shows up in bright light, yet brightens the eyes, making the colour pop (especially hazels & greens) and the whites look whiter. The hot fuchsia lip gloss is sheer, yet brightening. The nail polish is a happy, flattering shade that gives me perfect coverage in one coat. Hello.

chanel waterproof inimitable mascara violet touch

chanel waterproof inimitable mascara violet touch

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CHANEL Le Vernis Tutti Fruitt

 

As with all Chanel collections, their Summer 2014 offering did not disappoint. I loveth it all.

 

No socks? Open toes? Time For Pretty Feet

No socks? Open toes? Time For Pretty Feet

I have a foot thing. I want them to be pretty and/or groomed. That’s all. It’s not hard to do, and the rest of the world will thank you. There is no need to be uber high maintenace – trust me, for a beauty obsessive, I am probably the laziest around. It’s not about the amount of work one puts into their beauty regime, it’s about quality grooming, and this applies to our feet as well.

Clockwise from top right: Diamoncel Foot File, Karin Herzog Oxygen Foot Cream, Lac Hydrin & Body Shop Foot File

Clockwise from top right: Diamoncel Foot File, Karin Herzog Oxygen Foot Cream, Lac Hydrin & Body Shop Foot File

Soft feet:

Easy to do – really. Get a foot sander and use it. You can get one for under $10 at The Body Shop, or for around $50 from Sephora. Just get one. They are best used after the bath or a shower, when the skin on the feet is softened. Put a towel under your foot and go to town! You can do this monthly, or bi-weekly if you have a lot of dead skin. Just file away until the crusty dead skin is gone. Another necessity for soft feet is an exfoliating lotion, usually with AHAs or acids of some kind. The best one I have found is at the drugstore and Walmart – Lac Hydrin. It has 12% lactic acid, which removes dead dry skin, and is also perfect for weekly or bi-weekly use. Nightly, and before I wear sandals or shoes that put my feet on display, I use Karin Herzog’s Foot Cream – it has a cooling, moisturizing and slightly antiseptic effect, and will keep your feet at their prettiest!

Pretty feet:

Of course, this is where I tell you that you need a pedicure. Because you do. Even if you don’t go full glam with shiny glossy red toenails, you must do something. I am a DIYer when it comes to my mani -pedis because I am a control freak and no one can do them as well I think I can. Also, it’s easy. Before you take a shower, apply your Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover – everyone should have this in their nail care arsenal. In the shower, use a nail brush and scrub those toes until they shine! Then, when you’ve sanded/exfoliated/moisturized, you can push back the cuticles on your toes for a pretty, groomed look.

Then, carefully shape your toenails. I prefer to file them, but if you have been bad and let them grow too long – if so, tsk tsk, no one wants to see that – then you may have to clip them. Be careful not to go too short, as that can cause ingrown toenails. After you have your desired shape, buff your toenails lightly. For those of you that eschew nail polish, you can stop here, or even apply a coat of clear polish for shine. Your feet will look clean and neat, and that is a good thing.

Clockwise from top right: Guerlain Stardust, OPI Moon Over Mumbai, Chanel Frisson, Lippmann Whatever Lola Wants

Clockwise from top right: Guerlain Stardust, OPI Moon Over Mumbai, Chanel Frisson, Lippmann Whatever Lola Wants

At this point, we choose our colour. I love drop dead reds and brights on my toes as much as anyone, but know this – if you apply a bright/deep/opaque shade to your toes, you have an obligation to maintain! The richer shades will show wear before a pale or soft shade. Chipped and rough looking pedicures are awful – I’d prefer bare toenails to an awful pedicure. Due to my laziness and desire to only see pretty things, I prefer soft shades on my toes. My personal preference is for shimmery and pearly shades. They are easy to apply, last for ages, don’t show wear and compliment almost every skin tone.

And, last but not least, you must take the Open Toe Shoe Pledge. Say it with me:

The Open Toe Shoe Pledge

The Open Toe Shoe Pledge

 

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Fancy gold sandals, & my little Aries ram tattoo!

 

 

 

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

 

Goodness knows, my skincare routine changes from time to time. I am a shameless product junkie, and I am always looking for the latest greatest skincare item. Right now, however, this is the facial skincare routine I am loving right now.

Face toner
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My favourite toner right now. I like the light plastic bottle (no breakage) and the spritz option. I spray it all over my face

Lip treatment
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The Benefiance WrinkleResist Intensive Eye Contour Cream (replaced the original Benefiance, I see little or no difference in formula) is simply the best eye cream for dry skin.

My newest eye serum fave – it’s light and absorbs instantly, and I notice a lovely smoothness to the eye area.

Chanel makeup primer
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If you don’t have this, what are you waiting for? Expensive, yes, but you use drops of this. It will last ages. And it makes you gorgeous.

Peter thomas roth face wash
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Still my favourite glycolic cleanser. My skin feels clean and clear, yet never dry. LOVE.

Well. Everyone needs Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. Delivers much-needed moisture to the skin.

A luxurious smoothing  moisturizer that acts as a primer. It has all these melt-y ingredients that seem to magically bond with your skin ( #protip I also put it on my cuticles)

This Kosmea serum is fantastic, and the tone beautifying rosehip oil in this line is what makes it so fantastic. I use this on my neck and décolletage to combat time and sun…

I alternate this with my Skinceuticals B5 Gel. It’s rich and a rejuvenating treat for your skin. Instantly adds radiance, and has long term benefits.
All products are subject to change, of course. The links are below! Do you use any of these products? What is part of your routine?
Get Glowing! Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder And Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel

Get Glowing! Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder And Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel

Holy moly. I have found my radiance holy grails, and it’s no surprise they are from Chanel *clouds part* and Bobbi Brown *cue angels chorus*.

CHANEL Le Blanc de Chanel

Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel is an “illuminating base”, designed primarily as a primer, with the added benefit of adding a glow. It is silicone free, but does have some silica powder to blur and soften. I am very choosy and have yet to meet a primer I like. I LOVE Le Blanc de Chanel. I was watching the divine Lisa Eldridge in a video on Chanel’s site. She used Le Blanc in key areas – around the eyes, tops of cheekbones, the nose and around the mouth, and then applied her foundation. I don’t use foundation, but I do use a powder. The effect is nothing short of perfection – and yet it looks like Elmer’s Glue when I swatch it on my arm. Sorry, beauties, but I can’t explain how this witchcraft works.  At around $45 it is not cheap, but it’s Chanel. I use the tiniest amount and the 1oz bottle will last for ages.

A blob of Le Blanc with it blended above

A blob of Le Blanc with it blended above

From Chanel’s website:

Ingenious multi-tasking oil- free fluid ‘primes’ skin perfectly for makeup, while adding subtle contours and radiance to the face. A unique blend of powders reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for smooth, even, flawless finish.

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I top off my makeup with my latest radiant obsession, Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Nude. Wow wow wow. I cannot believe what this does for my skin. I apply it, see a difference I can’t put my finger on, lean in closer to the mirror and say “WOW”. It’s a hint of glowy blush/bronzer that, while shimmery in the pan, is not on the face. I tried swatching it heavily on my arm for this photo, and it looks like a bruise. Like Blanc de Chanel, this magic is unexplainable. It’s around $60, so not inexpensive, but if you use the CPU scale – Cost Per Use – you will see a little goes a long way.

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Brightening powder swatched heavily on lower part of arm – lightly above. Looks like a bruise, which I swear it does not on my face.

From Bobbi Brown’s site:

A brightening pick-me-up for skin – this all-over powder instantly illuminates and gives skin a healthy-looking glow. Comes in a super-reflective silver compact with an interior mirror (so on-the-go touch-ups feel extra sophisticated). It’s infused with a skin-brightening blend of mulberry, grape and scutellaria extracts, as well as sodium hyaluronate to help keep skin fresh and smooth looking.

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If you add the magic of Soleil Tan de Chanel (post to come), we have the Bermuda Triangle of Radiance, people. What are your radiance secrets? Share!